Strategies for Personal Change

How the KonMari Method Changed My Life and Makes Me Smile

(this post was inspired by an article published in The Atlantic,“What Do Early KonMari Adopters’ Homes Look Like Now?” , posted on Medium.com on March 1.  The book referenced is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo) Thank you for your optimistic report on the lasting impact of applying the KonMari method.  It struck me personally, because I’ve …

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Is It Possible to have Too Much Dark Chocolate?

I was in a store with a colleague, and we passed the chocolate display. “Aren’t you going to buy something, Jim?” She asked. “No,” I replied, “I have a pretty full shelf right now.” “Oh, come on,” she said. “Can you possibly have too much chocolate?” I paused for a moment.  “Actually, yes,” I confessed. She was shocked. Too Much …

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Ah, If Only Life Were This Simple

Do you remember learning to tie your shoes?  Put on pants?  Button a shirt? Neither do I, but last evening I was reminded of the experience.  I had the pleasure of giving my three-year-old grandson his bath.  After I dried him off, he escaped and ran naked into his room, all excited — he has a new set of pajamas! …

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A Recipe for Happiness

How do you feed your soul?  Do you grab pre-packaged Pleasure from the freezer, microwave it, and eat on the run; or do you cook up your Joy from scratch using organic, locally-sourced ingredients?  Perhaps you have a saucepan of Gratitude constantly simmering on a back burner?  Or do you wait for others to invite you over for Connection and a …

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Summer Reading – because you asked

In the wake of my July newsletter, I had a short flurry of emails from people asking, “did I miss your summer reading list, Jim?” Uhm… no. Truth is, I stopped doing a list this year. But since people are asking, I offer a couple titles and a reminder. Click above to read more!

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What Are Your Addictions?

The question is, are you AWARE of your habits? And more importantly, when they don’t serve you, do you realize you have the choice to let them go? Do you have power over your addictions, or do they control you? (read more)

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Play Like a Kid

I was recruited to deliver the keynote presentation at a regional Human Resources conference in Tampa. My dear wife suggested that I take an extra day to enjoy the sunshine. What?! No way! I’m too busy. I have backlog. I… I’m burned out. So after the conference ended I drove to Orlando, had dinner with a former client, then spent …

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Tiny Stories of Gratitude for the Holidays

A client of mine sent this story as part of his holiday message, and I loved it so much I asked for his permission to share it with all of you. My guest columnist, Rob, is an executive who lives in Chicagoland. He shares six tiny stories of miracles and gratitude.

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14 Life Lessons from a Trip to Italy

Immersion in a foreign culture refreshes the way I view the world. First, the “different-ness” of life in another country or region opens up new awareness; then, my newly expanded lens causes me to review habits and beliefs that were previously “invisible” to me. Through the lens of learning, I share with you my most powerful life lessons from my family’s recent trip to Italy:

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